RPCVs Third Goal Projects: Letting Others Know

Third Goal Projects

Marian Haley Beil (Ethiopia 1962-64) and John Coyne (Ethiopia 1962-64) in the late 1970s published a newsletter RPCV Writers & Readers that developed by early 2000s into the website:www.peacecorpsworldwide.org.

Today, this is an online community and resource for RPCVs, Peace Corps Volunteers, their friends and families, and all who share a desire for international understanding. Peace Corps Worldwide is not officially connected with the Peace Corps or the National Peace Corps Association.

As the publisher and editor of this site, we are continually impressed by the Third Goal activities of RPCVs back in their host countries, the projects that RPCVs have developed in-country over the last fifty-plus years, from school and community libraries to health initiatives, to peace keeping efforts, to scholarships for students, and many other such efforts on behalf of their former hosts and the lifelong friends that they have made.

We would like to add our support to all these efforts by featuring the Third Goal work of RPCVs. If you would request that your RPCVs send us photos and narratives of their projects, we would be happy to publish them on our site. It is, we think, one way RPCVs can draw attention, and perhaps financial support, for their efforts. Thank you for considering this request and we hope you might publish our offer on your website or in your newsletter.

All narratives and requests for further information should be sent to: John Coyne at: jpcoyne@optonline.net.

Thank you.

Marian Haley Beil, Publisher
John Coyne, Editor

Peace Corps Birthday Buna in Boise

Birthday Buna in Boise: Sam Greer (Ethiopia 1966-68) assist Belaynesh Tesfamariam in coffee ceremony.

During March and April 2011, the Idaho Historical Museum in Boise celebrated 50 Years of Peace Corps with displays from fifteen countries representing places where Idaho PCVs served.  The opening week activities included an Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony that I helped coordinate on First Thursday Night. Over 250 guests enjoyed that evening’s traditional ceremony hosted by Belaynesh Tesfamariam whose  family is one of those whose Habitat Home was built with local RPCV labor.

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